Vehicular Viewing: New on Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu for May 2019
Welcome to the May edition of Vehicular Viewing. Among the upcoming month’s newly streaming movies and television shows for car lovers, you’ll find an Oscar winner, some classic comedies, and a handful of long-running series for your next binge session. Did I miss one of your favorites? Let me know in the comments.
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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (5/1)
Mike Myers stars as a cryogenically preserved 1960s superspy in this 1997 comedy, but it’s his “Shagadelic Shaguar” that steals the show: a 1961 Jaguar E-Type with a Union Jack paint job. (This movie’s first sequel, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, also arrives on Netflix in May.)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (5/1)
This drug-fueled gonzo road-trip movie is based on the classic book by Hunter S. Thompson. It even features a cameo by the author’s “Great Red Shark” Chevrolet Caprice convertible.
Supernatural: Season 14 (5/3)
If you’re a regular reader of The News Wheel, you’ll know why Supernatural is included in this roundup. Visit this link to catch up with all our coverage of Dean Winchester’s 1967 Chevrolet Impala.
Featuring multiple interconnected storylines triggered by collisions and carjackings throughout Los Angeles, Crash came out of nowhere to win Best Picture at the 2006 Oscars. To this day, it divides audiences with its ambitious but heavy-handed portrayals of racism and prejudice. (This movie is also coming to Hulu in May.)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (5/31)
This wildly hilarious 1987 classic follows the mismatched duo of Steve Martin and John Candy, stuck with each other every step of the way on a desperate cross-country journey to make it home in time for Thanksgiving.
Breaking down on the side of the road is bad enough. Even worse: attracting the attention of a psychopathic truck driver. Kurt Russell stars as an everyman forced into action in this lean, mean 1997 thriller.
Most critics were disappointed by this low-budget 2018 flick about the trials of a middle-aged ridesharing driver, but it’s based on the director’s real-life experience and is worth a watch for its behind-the-scenes portrayal of the gig economy.
Cash Cab: Season 13 (5/15)
In this long-running series, unsuspecting contestants hail a cab only to slide inside and find out they’re part of a game show.
Diesel Brothers: Seasons 3-4 (5/15)
This reality TV series follows the truck-loving duo Heavy D and Diesel Dave as they rescue diesel trucks from the scrap heap and turn them into spectacular customized rides.
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